What is a podcast?

Podcasting lets you automatically receive the latest episode of your chosen program as soon as it's available. With our current range of audio podcasts, you can take your favorite sermon with you on the move and listen wherever and whenever you like.

You can "subscribe" to receive a podcast, rather like you might subscribe to a magazine and get it delivered each week. All of our podcasts are free, and you can stop receiving the files at any time. If you'd rather not subscribe, you can download episodes of a podcast series individually.

In order to subscribe for a podcast, you need an internet connection and a piece of podcast software which is usually available free of charge, such as iTunes. Once you have installed this software, it will check our site for new episodes of your chosen podcast series and automatically download new episodes for you.

You can then listen to podcast episodes on your computer, or transfer them to a portable device, such as an mp3 player.

How do I download an episode of a podcast?

 If you would rather not subscribe, you can download individual episodes of a podcast to your computer.

The way that you experience downloading will depend on your personal computer; which operating system and browser you are using; and the setup options you've selected.

So, although there may be slight differences in the way you can download, you should be able to do this by right clicking on the "Download Episode" link and choosing "Save Target As...", "Save Link As...", or a similar option.

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RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. By using RSS you can see when new internet content has been added. You can get the latest news headlines, articles, photographs and, of course, podcasts, as soon as they are published without having to check manually every day. To do this you subscribe to an RSS document, which is sometimes called a "feed", using a "feed reader". This is a piece of software that checks RSS feeds for new content. To start the subscription you simply enter the RSS feed into the software and it does the rest for you. Current browser versions of Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Safari have this feature using extensions and add-ons. You may also use an aggregator such as Feedly.

To get a podcast you will need podcast software (see podcasts above). You subscribe to the podcast by entering the feed's link into the software. This initiates the subscription process. The software then regularly checks your subscribed feeds for new podcasts, downloading any new episodes that it finds.